Tasmania’s newest motorsport event, Targa Wrest Point, has secured use of one of the best roads in Australia in a break-through deal with Forestry Tasmania.

Yesterday, event organiser, Octagon, received the permission of Forestry Tasmania to incorporate the 30 kilometre stretch of road to the famous Tahune Airwalk, south of Geeveston, into the event.

Event Director, Mark Perry, said access to the legendary piece of road was a major coup for the rally, that will be held for the first time on January 31 and February 1 next year.

“This piece of road has not been used in a rally since it was sealed some years ago, and competitors have been eyeing it off ever since,” Perry said.

“Thanks to Forestry Tasmania we are now able to offer competitors this unique access, and we are able to do it without increasing inconvenience to residents.

“The Airwalk is an iconic tourism destination, and we know from Targa Tasmania that these events bring many people to our state, and by showcasing top destinations we ensure return visits.

“Going to Strahan earlier this year with Targa Tasmania has delivered flow-on benefits to the West Coast, and we hope the use of this road will ensure Geeveston sees an increase in visitors before and after Targa Wrest Point.”

Forestry Tasmania’s Ken Jeffreys, General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism, agreed.

“Forestry Tasmania provides many fantastic opportunities for the community and visitors to enjoy the State’s forests.  We have also had a long and successful relationship with motor sport.

“To be able to support a Targa event on sealed roads for the first time is very exciting and will provide fantastic exposure for the Tahune Airwalk, both nationally and internationally.

“This will inevitably lead to increased benefits to the Tasmanian economy.”

The Targa Wrest Point field will get the chance to drive the road in both directions.

The event will start with a street stage in Geeveston, ensuring the town receives good financial returns, and the local community will get to see the cars in action, before heading out to the Tahune Airwalk.

After a gourmet lunch at the Airwalk and a chance to experience the amazing 'Cantilever’ lookout, cars will tackle the road in reverse, back to Geeveston.

Competitors will then head to the Channel area for the afternoon stages.

A full course is due for release in the weeks ahead.

The event is already proving popular with competitors, with over 40 entries received in the week since the event was launched.
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